A new grants program is now open to help local groups build a cohesive local community, says Chris Whiting.
The Thriving Cohesive Communities grants program provides funding for projects that strengthen family and community connection or support young people to take up roles in their community.
“We want to create a strong community where everyone feels they belong,” said Chris Whiting
“And that is the most important defence against attitudes and behaviours that cause fear and division.
“To help our communities build that sense of belonging, we’ve got two great grants programs under the Social Cohesion Action Plan.
“There is the Youth Connect-Contribute-Lead Program that offers funding of up to $120,000 per project.
“it is focused on supporting young people to connect with their family or carers, contribute to their community and take up opportunities for leadership.
“Project activities can include outreach programs, individual support work, and activities that lead to local employment opportunities.
“There is also the Locals Speaking To Locals program that has funding of up to $45,000 per project.
“This program is focused on building positive relationships between people from all backgrounds to help is stop discrimination and racism.
“Project activities can include the training of local people or activities that encourage social cohesion such as story-telling or conversations sessions.
“I want local groups to have a look and see if they can put forward an idea to help build a more cohesive local community.,” said Chris Whiting.
These grants are open to not-for-profit organisations, Local Government Authorities, P&C Associations, cooperatives, and unincorporated community groups and user-led groups.
Applications close at 2pm on Monday, 25 November 2019.
For more information about the grant, please visit: www.communities.qld.gov.au/funding